Category Archives: Gardening

Sustainable UCR Celebrates Earth Day And Community Garden Milestone

Neighborhood invited to celebrate with Sustainable UCR at a low-key, acoustic concert to culminate our Earth Week events. The acoustic concert will be on Friday, April 23, from 5-8 PM at our community garden, called “The Growve” off of Watkins Drive.

The concert is called “Groove at the Growve” and there will be no amplified sound. Anyone from the neighborhood is welcome to attend, and it is free. (Anyone is also welcome to join our community garden or attend any of our Earth Week events, and they are all free). We don’t want to do anything that would upset the neighbors.Our goal is to create a sense of community, where everyone feels empowered to change the world.

You can check out for Earth Week events.Included are several workshops on composting, energy conservation, sustainABLE living, and a food systems workshop, as well as tree planting, and other interactive demonstrations.
Please contact if you have questions.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate the milestone of creating a wonderful community asset in just over one year.  Very inspiring!

ECO-KIDS DAY at Growcology!

This Saturday, April 10th (9am-4pm) ECO-KIDS DAY at Growcology!

Growcology is unveiling the new kids garden, and to help us celebrate we’ve invited a few friends.

Learn all about where our food comes from, how to garden, caring for chickens, crafting your own candles, and learn about the eco-energy-bike.  Most importantly, enjoy a day with your community at Growcology.

For all the details and information on what to bring, please read the attachment to this email.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

H.U.B. (Homestead Uniting Brilliance)

Phone:  951-389-GROW (4769)
Skype:   growcology


Organic Gardening: Key To Our Future?

There is a mounting flow of information about our food supply these days: alarming reports about pesticides in produce, genetically modified crops, chemical additives and much more. Coincident with these cries of alarm, there are an ever increasing number of solutions popping up, such as buying local produce, finding meat grown without hormones or antibiotics, and, of course, purchasing organic whenever possible.

For those who live in dense urban environments, the perception of  limited space to grow their own produce stops them in their tracks. Mike Lieberman—the Urban Organic Gardener has been there and offers some options that can remove those obstacles.  Read more from Organic Connections.

Thanks For Voting For Our Community Garden Grant

Thanks for voting. I particularly want to acknowledge the support from the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership board members in getting the word out.

As a result of forwarding our Request For Your Vote notice for our neighborhood, we’re  establish a network of Riverside neighborhood community gardening info.

I’ve linked our site with Growcology. I love what Growcology is doing. I know they’re connected with the Wood Streets Green Team and they have both participated in each other’s programs.

Pat Silvestri, Green Team board member for community and home gardening goddess, will be representing the Wood Streets Green Team at Growcology’s vegetable gardening workshop Saturday.

If you are interested in joining a Green Team community garden working group, please contact Pat directly,

By the way, the Green Team is being featured at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting as one of the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership’s (RNP) neighborhood success stories. I think one of the biggest successes is how it’s created an opening for these types of connections citywide.

Thanks for voting. I really appreciate the support from the RNP board members in getting the word out. In posting this notice for our neighborhood, I ran across several other grant opportunities offered by corporate partners. Many of these offerings are PR initiatives designed for social networking connections to build or support brand awareness.

We all know there’s too much corporate money out there, nevertheless, we’ll be happy to take some of it off their hands and leverage it into something far more valuable than money. At the very least we’ll invent a far richer standard for profit.